We are pleased to announce the upcoming ABCD Congress, to be held in Bologna (Italy) from 21 to 23 September 2017.

This event will bring together scientists from across the world and will offer an invaluable opportunity to discuss scientific issues in the fields of cell biology and differentiation. The congress will be open to all researchers from Italy and abroad: join us and meet scientists whose outstanding studies are defining the state of the art in the field of cell biology.

In the wake of the success of the last edition, the congress will be preceded by a pre-congress meeting, on 20-21 September, reserved for post-docs and Ph.D. students who are under 35 years at the date of the congress. Keynote lectures will be held by distinguished scientists including Tom Kirchhausen (Harvard Medical School, USA), and informal interactions between the invited speakers and the young participants will take place during the sessions and at dinner. Attendance will be limited to 70 participants. All post-docs and Ph.D. students accepted to attend the pre-congress meeting will receive a travel fellowship of €150 to help defray their lodging and travel costs.

The planned sessions and a sample of the invited speakers are shown below. More information will be available soon through this website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bologna, a fascinating city with a 40-km network of medieval porticoed streets that make this place unique!


Abstract submission:
1 July 2017

Early bird payment:
1 July 2017
(see Information page)

Online registration:
15 July 2017

Application for
ABCD membership:
20 June 2017

12 ACRI research prizes are available for young investigators.
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Organising Committee

Antonella De Matteis (Chair)

Irene Bozzoni

Giulio Cossu

Diego di Bernardo

Letizia Lanzetti

Michela Matteoli

Ruggero Pardi

Paolo Pinton


Organising Secretariat

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Keynote Speakers

Beth Levine (Dallas, TX, USA)

Maria Angela Nieto (Alicante, Spain)

Tullio Pozzan (Padua, Italy)

Nikolaus Rajewsky (Berlin, Germany)

David Sabatini (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Peter Walter (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Plenary Session Speakers

Ronen Alon (Rehovot, Israel)

Davide Cacchiarelli (Cambridge, MA, USA)

Gerhard Christofori (Basel, Switzerland)

Stirling Churchman (Boston, MA, USA)

Michele De Luca (Modena, Italy)

Nicola Elvassore (Padua, Italy)

Davide Gabellini (Milan, Italy)

Tom Kirchhausen (Boston, MA, USA)

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte (La Jolla, CA, USA)

Alberto Luini (Naples, Italy)

Massimiliano Pagani (Milan, Italy)

Jeroen Pasterkamp (Utrecht, Netherlands)

Giorgio Scita (Milan, Italy)

Sarah Sigismund (Milan, Italy)

Plenary Sessions

Tissue regeneration and engineeringg

Imaging and computing transcription in single cells

RNA in health and disease

Cell migration and epithelial mesenchimal transition

Signalling & trafficking

Parallel Sessions

From stress response to tissue development and regeneration

Signalling, membrane trafficking and organelle biogenesis